Friday, June 29, 2007
New Brunswick's Opposition Conservatives say there's a big hole in the Liberal plan to improve the workings of elections and the legislature.
The provincial government Thursday delivered its official response to the Commission on Legislative Democracy, which was appointed under the Conservatives in 2004 and delivered its recommendations in early 2005.
"Our response to the Commission on Legislative Democracy outlines the first steps we are taking on a much longer journey," said house leader Stuart Jamieson.
But Jamieson said those steps will not include the commission's big-ticket recommendation — a referendum next year on whether some MLAs should be elected based on proportional representation, or the percentage of the popular vote parties receive.
Conservative MLA Bev Harrison says the decision against holding a referendum is hardly democratic.
"You missed the cornerstone here, and I think you need to be more responsive to allowing people to make the decisions you just made now," the Hampton-Kings MLA said.
Jamieson told reporters electoral reform needs more careful consideration, but he also said the Liberals simply didn't like a system that includes proportional representation.
The Liberals are already moving on several ideas, like a ban on political parties topping up the salaries of ministers, and protection for bureaucrats who blow the whistle on government corruption. They say they'll also bring in measures to get more women to run for office, and set up a registry of consultants who lobby the government.
Whereabouts of PCBs from former Irving barge unknown
An investigation in Trinidad and Tobago has determined that a barge formerly owned by an Irving company was contaminated with PCBs when it arrived in the Caribbean, and officials want to know where the chemicals are now.
In Canada, the barge was known as the Atlantic Shark, and earlier as the Irving Shark. Now named the T-23, it is used as a water hauler in the Caribbean.
Environment officials in Canada expressed concerns that the barge was not cleaned of PCBs, or polychlorinated biphenyls, in its heat transfer coils before it was sold and allowed to leave for the Caribbean. When the government of Trinidad and Tobago learned of those concerns last December, it announced an investigation.
Trinidad's minister of works and transport, Colm Imbert, says inspectors discovered that the heat transfer coils were removed from the barge sometime after it arrived in the country.
"That is what we have to now investigate. Because it came with coils with PCBs in them, and now the coils have disappeared."
The vessel's new owner, a Trinidadian company called Coloured Fin, says the vessel is now clean, but has not provided details explaining where and how the chemicals were removed.
PCBs are industrial chemicals that were used in the manufacturing of electrical equipment, heat exchangers, hydraulic systems and several other specialized applications up until the late 1970s. The Canadian government outlawed their import, manufacture and sale in 1977, and releasing PCBs into the environment was made illegal in 1985.
Canadian legislation has allowed owners of equipment laced with PCBs to continue using it until it's no longer serviceable. This policy allowed Irving to legally sell the barge without a full cleanup of the PCBs beforehand.
Mary Keith, a spokeswoman for Irving, issued a statement last year saying that the transaction was legal and that an intermediate broker it dealt with was fully informed of the vessel's environmental problems.
Minister Imbert says if the PCBs were removed and dumped in Trinidad, he will take legal action.
I wonder if these petition on the information highway are legal????
Do the press & MLA's know that clowns are not welcome.
The man is a United Church Minister and presume the clown part was a peaceful way to attrach attention.
Can't understand why this is not a news story?
THE LORD IS GOOD, A REFUGE IN TIMES OF TROUBLE.
HE CARES FOR THOSE WHO TRUST HIM!
( NAHUM 1:7 *NIV )
We all face troubling times in our lives from time to
time. We often wish that we could escape these
troubles like the pain of grief, loss, sorrow and failure; or
maybe even the small daily frustrations that constantly
When you are experiencing problems like that remember
that: THE LORD IS CLOSE TO THE BROKEN HEARTED
AND SAVES THOSE WHO ARE CRUSHED IN SPIRIT.
( PSALM 34:18 )
After all: THE EYES OF THE LORD ARE ON THE
RIGHTEOUS AND HIS EARS ARE ATTENTIVE TO THEIR
CRY. ( PSALM 34:15 ) For: THE RIGHTEOUS CALL OUT,
AND THE LORD HEARS THEM; HE DELIVERS THEM
FROM ALL THEIR TROUBLES. ( PSALM 34:17 )
Now you may be thinking how does that apply to me, for
I do not feel very righteous. Well, through Jesus Christ we
have become righteous, for it is written: GOD MADE HIM
WHO HAD NO SIN TO BE SIN, SO THAT IN HIM WE
MIGHT BECOME THE RIGHTEOUSNESS OF GOD.
( 2 CORINTHIANS 5:21 ) Therefore when we repent of our
sins they are not only cleansed from "The Book of Life," we
also become righteous once again as well!
So Charles, remember the words of our Savior Jesus
Christ, "DO NOT LET YOUR HEARTS BE TROUBLED.
TRUST IN GOD; TRUST ALSO IN ME." ( JOHN 14:1 ) and
let Him deliver you from all your troubles! For: A
RIGHTEOUS MAN MAY HAVE MANY TROUBLES, BUT
THE LORD DELIVERS HIM FROM THEM ALL. Amen!
( PSALM 34:19 )
In HIS Love & Service,
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